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​MAE PhD Student Alan Li Bringing a Brighter Future for Visually Impaired Patients!

Published on: 31-Oct-2016

Congratulations to MAE PhD student Alan Li (Li Zhong)! Alan Li was awarded first place in the 2016 Young Persons' Lecture Competition with his lecture, Artificial Corneal Implants: A Brighter Future with Advanced Bioceramics.

It was commented by Dr Philip Bischler CEng CSci FIMMM, Chair of the judging panel, that 'Alan gave a brilliant paper. He told a really good story, from start to finish, which really caught the judges' attention. His lecture covered every aspect we look for when marking'.

The Young Persons’ Lecture Competition Singapore (YPLCS2016) was organised by the Institute of Materials (East Asia). The winner of every year’s YPLCS represents Singapore as a finalist in the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) held on the same year. The YPWLC has been an annual event organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) since 2005 ( There were 9 finalists for this year’s world final, they have won their national finals and represent the following countries/regions: UK, Ireland, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, US, Brazil, Australia and South Africa.
About Alan Li’s Presentation Topic
Traditionally, "tooth-in-eye" implants have been utilised to treat patients suffering from corneal blindness and have hostile ocular environments. However, the use of a tooth lamina as the skirt requires a complex two-stage procedure and makes the surgery extremely invasive. In Alan’s presentation, he talked about replacing the tooth skirt used in the "tooth-in-eye" surgery with advanced bioceramics, which has great potential for simplifying the procedure and reducing patients' suffering. This perfectly exemplifies the innovative application of a mature materials technology in solving complicated medical problems.
To find out more about Alan’s research topic, check out

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